Day 107 Appalachian Trail, Pennsylvania Miles Hiked to Date: 1087 Hiked yesterday: 11 Trail Miles, Miles to Katahdin: 1096
I arrived at the trailhead and was pleased to find a level, shady parking lot. Chocolate Chip took a quick walk outside and then returned to the camper. She, too, was not pleased with the heat and humidity. We both piled into the campground, and I plugged in the 12 volt fan and relaxed reading until about 5 pm, when we heard Chipmunk call out from the trailhead.
We jumped out to greet her and were immediately struck by how much hotter it was outside than in the camper. Chipmunk was drenched in sweat. She sat down and declared, “I can’t hike any further today.” I thought that she made a good decision. I truly don’t know how these hikers are doing this. Even though I keep cold drinks in the cooler, it provides only a brief reprieve from their daylong treks with what must feel like a giant blow dryer in their faces.
Chipmunk asked if we could go somewhere with a/c for a while and I was glad to accommodate. I drove her to a McDonald’s and we both sucked up the a/c and free wifi over burgers and fries. After we called friends and family, we drove back to the trailhead as the sun was setting. When we walked from the cab to the truck camper, we realized that it was still quite warm. We opened the camper door and climbed in and we both reached for the fan plug at the same time. Without the fan, we’d have really been roasting. We read in our bunks and fell asleep by 9.
Thanks again for all your support,
Mama Chip, Papa Chip, Chipmunk and her dog, Chocolate Chip
(Tammy, Jay, Neva and Coco)